Slowly but surely, the pieces of the grand puzzle fall into place…
The alt. crew swings a deal with Commander Nieman of Ferrous Corp
Commander Nieman of Ferrous Corp reaches out to Emperor Ryo Ishida
TWO is kidnapped by alt Boone in the closing moments of last episode and shuttled to…parts unknown
Ferrous Corp is poised to claim victory over their rivals
Zairon is on the verge of defeat
The crew of The Raza has seemingly forestalled an alien invasion
And, in the next two weeks, all of these elements will come together in the fiery conclusion to Dark Matter’s third season.
A few notes about last night’s episode, “The Dwarf Star Conspiracy”…
Actress Kate Drummond (aka Agent Lucado, Wynonna Earp) actually auditioned for AND won the role for another guest star scheduled to appear earlier this season. But, days before her costume fitting, I received a call from our casting director, informing us that Kate was sick (with what turned out to be salmonella poisoning!) and would be unable to play the part. And so, we cast another great actress for the role and I reached out to Kate who was incredibly apologetic. I told her that when she felt better, we’d have a role for her sometime in the not too distant future. And that role turned out to be the part of the alien subversive, Lieutenant Sajen, in Episode 311. I have to say, Kate would have been terrific in the other role but, boy, she was fantastic as Sajen. It was one of those “Damn, it’s too bad we killed her character off – Wait! This is science fiction! Who knows what the future holds?!” situations.
Show co-creator Paul Mullie wrote the brilliant script for this episode but, during filming, actress Zoie Palmer felt the episode needed a little moment that directly addressed the Android’s costume change and its deeper implications for her character. She was absolutely right so I headed upstairs and wrote what I hope will go down in Dark Matter history as “the infamous boobs scene”. And, in ensuing conversations on the day, Zoie and I discussed some of the amazing character moments we have in store for her character. Seriously. If SYFY doesn’t give us a fourth season, #FANDROIDSWILLRIOT!
The Dwarf Star industrial facility in which this episode is set is actually a complete re-imagining of the sound stage area that formerly housed the munitions factory back in Episode 303, “Welcome To The Revolution”. Kudos to Production Designer Ian Brock and his team (art department, construction, paints, etc) on the amazing transformation and for, quite frankly, doing such a kickass job this season.
And, of course, a shout-out to VFX Supervisor Lawren Bancroft-Wilson and his team on the creation/animation of the alien threat. But their best is yet to come…